(DENVER) — Two Transportation Safety Administration officers were fired after an internal investigation determined that they targeted certain passengers with the intent of groping men they deemed attractive.
According to a Denver Police narrative sent to ABC News, investigators said one officer would alert a female TSA screener to manipulate the scanning computer to call for a pat-down search. To do so, the screener would tell the computer that a female was passing through the scanner, prompting the computer to find an anomaly in the genital area.
TSA investigators saw the officers signal each other when a male went through the scanner, hit the button for a female, and then conduct a pat down of the male passenger using methods against TSA policy. One female screener told investigators she had done this at least 10 times for the male screener.
Police say they will not be filing charges at this point, as no victims have come forward. Still, the TSA called the allegations “egregious and intolerable” in a statement Tuesday. The agency said it had removed the two officers in question.
“All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency,” TSA added, “and when substantiated, employees are held accountable.”
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